The 46 preschoolers all called out “I miss you Yoel” as they let go of blue, green, red, yellow and purple balloons that bounced up the front of the Crosier Park building before being carried off in the wind.
Students at Tender Heart Day Care released 87 balloons, one for every child present Thursday — from infants to 6-year-olds, to honor one of their own.
Three-year-old Aldo Yoel Ramirez-Lopez died Monday at Children’s Hospital in Omaha from injuries sustained when his uncle inadvertently ran over him while parking an SUV Saturday.
“We talked to our kids and we explained the story to them and told them that Yoel was in Heaven now and was playing with his friends up there and that everything was going to be OK,” said Sarah Roman, Yoel’s preschool teacher for the past two years.
Yoel attended Tender Heart since he was a baby. His infant sister Ixayana started going there the week before Yoel’s death.
It has been helpful, Roman said, that the parents of other Tender Heart students talked to their children about what happened.